periods

I Tried This Berry Elixir To Make My Period Regular & Here's What Happened To My Cycle

To say I have an irregular period would be a massive understatement. It would be more accurate to say it's practically missing. Ever since I had an eating disorder from ages 15-18, I've been going months between periods — how many months, there's no…
By Suzannah Weiss

Gina Rodriguez Really Wants To Change The Way We Talk About Periods — And Here's How

When she's not starring on-screen as Jane Villanueva, Gina Rodriguez is fighting for equality off-camera. Whether being involved in the Time's Up movement, creating the #MovementMondays hashtag, or using her Emmy campaign money to provide a…
By Meghan DeMaria

The Reaction To This Blogger's Period Photo Proves Menstruation Is Still So Taboo

How many times have you slid a tampon up the sleeve of your shirt en route to the bathroom? Or winced in mortification because a spot of blood seeped through to your jeans? Blogger and YouTuber Grace Victory sought to challenge the shame and stigma…
By Emily Dixon

The FDA Just Approved The First New Treatment For Endometriosis Pain In A Decade

Great news for everyone who's been living with endometriosis: The Food and Drug Administration just approved the first new drug in a decade intended to treat the intense pain associated with endometriosis, according to the Associated Press. Orilissa…
By Claire Lampen

Not Being Able To Afford Period Products Can Have This Major Effect On Mental Health

Access to menstrual products can determine whether or not a person gets to attend school, or show up to work — it can influence a person's career direction and have lasting implications for their economic advancement. But according to a new survey…
By Claire Lampen

Thinx Launched A $400 Period Sex Blanket & Twitter Has A Lot Of Thoughts

THINX — purveyor of the much buzzed-about period underwear — debuted a new product on June 21. A sponge-like blanket designed to sop up whatever blood you might spill during period sex. The 54"x37" rectangle of the brand's "patented 4-layer…
By Claire Lampen

This Is What Relationship Experts Say About Giving Period App Access To Your Partner

This one's tough, and it feels super personal. Sure, you share everything with your significant other, but does that really mean *everything*? Like, your bowel movements or, say, your menstrual cycle? Today, I'm asking the question, should you sign…
By Charlotte Pasha

This Line Of Self-Care Products Is Specifically For Girls Going Through Puberty

Across the country, just 24 states mandate that sex education be provided in publics schools, and just 20 of those require that sex education (or HIV education, as the case may be) mandate medically accurate information only. Or, that was the case…
By Claire Lampen

Science Worked Out What Makes Period Pain Worse So You Can Live Cramp-Free

Many of us have experienced (and bemoaned) period pains at some point. For some, it's light cramps for a day or two, letting you know your time of the month is imminent. For some though, it's full-on,…
By Charlotte Pasha

12 Menstrual Cup Users Reveal Why They're So Much Better Than Tampons

Since most of us don't learn about alternatives to pads and tampons until years and years after we start our periods, it's no wonder that folks eventually find themselves wondering: do menstrual cups work better than tampons? For a long time, one of…
By Mariella Mosthof

7 Things To Eat To Curb Your Period Problems

If you don’t suffer from any period problems, you’re in the minority. 84.1 percent of people with periods experience pain, 47.8 percent get PMS, and 14.3 percent have irregular periods. However, just because these issues are common doesn’t make them…
By Suzannah Weiss

Here's How To Tell EXACTLY Where You Are In Your Menstrual Cycle

You’ve probably heard that there are four stages of the menstrual cycle (menstrual, follicular, ovulation, and luteal, in case you were wondering) and that what stage you’re in affects your fertility. But how do you know what stage you’re currently…
By Suzannah Weiss

How To Tell If Your Headache Is Actually A Menstrual Migraine

Migraines have been my burden to bear since I was 6. Weather, certain scents, stress, and lack of sleep are all migraine triggers for me. Recently, I've also started to get menstrual migraines. Same? Then you're going to want to learn how to help…
By Brandi Neal

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Switching To Applicator-Free Tampons

When choosing the period product you use during your time of the month, you may consider a lot of different factors — including comfort, sustainability, cost, and how long the product lasts without leakage. Because they're easy to use (for most…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Yes, You Can Get A Menstrual Cup Stuck — Here's What You Need To Know

Remember that Sex and the City episode where Carrie gets her diaphragm stuck in her vagina and Samantha has to help her get it out? Well, this can happen with other things too. If you've ever wondered: Can you get a menstrual cup stuck? The answer…
By Brandi Neal

11 Reasons Your Period Is Irregular That You Shouldn't Ignore

Nothing's more annoying than an irregular period. It sucks when it doesn't arrive on time, leading to days (and sometimes even weeks) of worry. And if it comes early and surprises you? Well, that's no fun either. If you have an irregular period for…
By Carolyn Steber

This Is The Actual Reason Pad Commercials Use That Weird Blue Liquid

For anyone who's ever had menstrual products marketed to them, whether on TV, the internet, or in magazines, one particularly vexing question has always been why companies represent menstrual blood with a weird, clinical blue liquid in period…
By JR Thorpe

Pads & Tampons Will Now Be Free For Female Inmates In Federal Prisons —Finally

Incarcerated women often get left on the fringe of the women rights’ movement, their stories and struggles (quite literally) separated from the rest of the world. Thanks to a push from senators like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker,…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

These 5 Bad Habits Are Actually Making Your Period Worse

Personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled that period shame is ever-so-slightly diminishing in the West. There's so much more information out there about PMS, PMDD, and period sex than ever before. I’m also super-happy that people have more options…
By Elizabeth Enochs

Your Period Might Be Out Of Whack This Week Thanks To The Solar Eclipse

As the Great American Eclipse slides its way across the U.S. continent, some of you may be feeling a little... off. Maybe it's because you forgot to buy eclipse glasses in time and you're going to have to use a colander like some noob, or maybe…
By Madeleine Aggeler